By Gabriel Doherty
Creation through Garret Fitzgerald. This ebook seeks to interpret the occasions of Easter Week 1916 because the vital defining occasion of a 'long revolution' in Irish historical past. The origins of the lengthy revolution lie within the moment 1/2 the 19th century, and its legacy continues to be being performed out within the first years of the twenty-first century. said specialists on particular subject matters search to discover the layered household and overseas, political, felony and ethical facets of this uniquely influential and debatable occasion. members are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.
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Here Justices of the Peace (JPs) dealt with criminal charges and recognizances to keep the peace, but also with non-violent matters: local rates and national taxes, the poor law and vagrants, the maintenance and apprenticeship of bastards, roads, markets and trade, religious matters, and licences to keep alehouses and to build cottages, for example. The assizes usually dealt with criminal cases; they were held in county towns and followed a rather more limited perambulation than quarter sessions.
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